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The Imagine blog is supported by the Imagine Group which is a network of teachers and constructors – of builders, structural planners and climate designers. The group sees itself as a merger of educational, research and planning institutions working on conceptual and experimental solutions for structural and climate-related challenges. Imagine Group’s concept is to network the knowledge base according to the tasks and challenges at hand, to provide technical solutions for esthetic and constructive issues. This type of networked collaboration without large, locally fixed hierarchies enables an interdisciplinary, yet topic-related working method that is efficient and – just as important – fun. You are welcome to enjoy our blog that will include not only our concepts, ideas, news and thoughts but will also offer inspiring topics as well as pictures for your own creative work. for more info about the imagine group and the persons behind watch:

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If you are a long time follower of our blog you may have recognized that we have posted a lot of content from the bucky lab the TU Delft prototyping master class. We have now started a new blog dedicated to the bucky lab, so if you are interested have a look and follow us also there:

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We just got the news, our project in Sao Paulo in which the whole imagine group containing imagine envelope (facade), imagine structure (structure) and Transsolar (climate concept) received the Global Holcim Silver Award. Based on a concept by Urban Think Tank, we put all our effort in supporting the team. Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner adressed this building as a social hub in the middle of the vavelas of Sao Paulo.

We are very happy and proud to receive after the gold award for the national Holcim award in south america also the silver global award, indicating this building and its concepts as the worlds best sustainable solution.

Have a look at the project by clicking into the picture, all plans are available in high and low res.


Last month imagine envelope took part of the refurbishment fair in Den Bosch. The three days on the fair was a good opportunity to meet new and old clients and also to adjust our services related to facade construction advise, refurbishment approaches and life cycle assesment.

We shared the booth with the Architectuurcentrale Thijs Asselbergs.


As our 1000. Follower we congratulate Kylie with her (?) blog

A set of our last 3 imagine books will be send to you, unfortunately the 6th book will be printed right now so we had to do the Photoshop trick, but it will be out of the press next monday.

So please send us your contact via email to to receive the books, If you are not interested in architecture, construction or crazy ideads you should keep them and sell them in 20 years…who knows….If you like it we would like to blog a picture of you with the books …

for all the others: stay alert, we will pull this trick or even a bigger one also for the #1500!


The imagine blog is written from a team of scientists, teachers, docents and also professionals as we explain on the front page. Imagine envelope / facade experts will be on the national dutch refurbishment fair in Den Bosch next week, so if you like you are able to meet us there feel invited. Have a look on our website to get your free ticket directly.

For the ones who arent able to be there, have a look on our campaign we will launch on the fair, this is in dutch and states a list of questions around our tasks which we will be able to answer. An english version will follow later.


Its amazing, we nearly reached the 1000 follower on our blog, since we were offically recommended from tumblr under the section of sustainablity our followers list is shooting into the sky. We are very proud and happy of course …and what do you do with such an achievement ? Of course we celebrate it !

So for the one who starts following us and is on the 1000. position we will hand over a nice inspiring prize, so keep on signing in and we will surprise you. 

Just to mention we are on number 994 right now…


On the 9th of March we will launch the new two books of the imagine book series we publish with 010 publishers. Feel free to join the event, but send a note in advance just to make sure we have enough wine …

The books will be imagine 03 performance driven envelope made by Holger Techen, Ulrich Knaack, Tillmann Klein and Marcel Bilow

imagine 05 energy is written by Thomas Auer, Linda Hildebrand, Ulrich Knaack and Marcel Bilow.

Having published no.3 now we also closed the gab in the series …and no.6 is already in printing …we will announce that later.


the imagine group containing imagine structure, Transsolar and imagine envelope supported the design team of Alfredo Brillembourg / Urban Think Tank to develop a sustainable project in the favelas of Sao Paolo. With this project we won the Holcim Award 2011. We are very proud for this achievement and congratulate the team for this prize.

more infos about the project by clicking into the picture and here :


The refurbishment of the old cole heat plant from the Technical University Aachen /RWTH Aachen into a seminar and lecture building is nearly complete. The next month the building, that was designed from IP arch architects will be officially opened. Imagine envelope did the facade consulting for this building and we are looking forward to see the building glow in the dark as a reminiscense of its former usage.

Up to now we recommend to visit the website of Peter Hinschläger to see his fantastic pictures by clicking on the picture above.

more infos about the architects:

The Arch+ magazine shows in its actual issue may 2010 the results ot the smart material houses competition for the IBA in Hamburg. You will also find the summer winter house from Behnisch architects together with imagine envelope and Drees and Sommer Advanced Building Technologies in this issue.

Click on the picture to have a look into the magazine.